Business School launches BFF!

(09-02-2014)

Freshman business majors win a new mini-fridge

Freshman business majors win a new mini-fridge.

They came from New York and Seattle, Orange County, San Angelo, Texas, and Alamosa, La Jara, and all across Colorado. They are first year students in the Adams State University School of Business and pizza and welcoming was the "business" of the evening.

Capturing the text language of "BFF" or best friends forever, the Business faculty fashioned a new welcome program aptly titled Business First-year Focus. Taking place between traditional freshmen orientation activities and an evening event, the Business faculty welcomed its new students to the Business Building and served up free pizza, BFF t-shirts, and a nifty "Survival Guide" containing tips for a successful first year.

Natalie Rogers hands Abbie Reed a t-shirt

Natalie Rogers, visiting professor of business, welcomes Abbie Reed, a freshman business major with a free BFF t-shirt.

They also held a drawing and gave away a new computer tablet, mini refrigerator, gift certificates from local merchants, and other cool items. BFF faculty coordinator Dr. Pat Robbins said: "This was really a fun activity for students and faculty. We began building rapport with new students before they appear in our classrooms and let them know that we are here to help them succeed. It was a team effort, and everyone helped make our first BFF a complete success."

During the evening Business faculty met and visited with their students and the students got an insight into the deep and diverse business experiences of their faculty.

Dr. Michael Tomlin addresses incoming freshman business majors

Dr. Michael Tomlin, School of Business chair, addresses incoming freshman business majors.

BFF was envisioned by the Business faculty as a departmental response to ASU's efforts to increase student retention. "We have over 80 new students in our own database now," says Business Chair, Dr. Michael Tomlin, "and we intend to keep them."

More BFF meetings are planned during the semester, especially around the time of spring registration, with a focus on retention and getting everyone properly registered, according to Robbins.